For those of you that are conscious of the harm of chemical pesticides used to grow our food, harmful chemicals in our cleaning products that can be avoided and are able to buy organic foods and safe cleaning products – have you thought about what’s in your toothpaste?

Possible ingredients in your shop bought toothpaste

Check the ingredients in your toothpaste to see how many of these it contains:

  • Triclosan, a pesticide and hormone disruptor.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which can cause cold sores for many people.
  • Artificial colorings linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children. Toothpaste does not need to have stripes!
  • Fluoride, which can be toxic if swallowed and doesn’t even work in toothpaste.
  • Titanium dioxide, which is added to make a toothpaste white. Most of the data shows it’s safe and is not absorbed by the skin, however there is not a study done to measure absorption by oral tissues. The EWG has a good list of safety concerns around titanium dioxide, however it’s just there to make toothpaste white, does not improve your oral health. So why bother with it?
  • Glycerin, which isn’t toxic, but has no place in the mouth as it’s a soap that strips your body’s natural oral mucosa and leaves a film. This film could coat the teeth, interfering with the structure of the biofilm which could alter the microbiome in the mouth and impact the natural remineralization process — your body’s natural cavity-fighting mechanism.
  • Highly abrasive ingredients, which damage tooth enamel, making teeth sensitive and more prone to gum recession and cavities. Toothpaste should only be a little bit abrasive — this aids the brushing motion to remove the biofilm of the tooth.

We are conditioned to think there is some kind of miracle outside of our ability to make a paste that will clean our teeth and therefore we need to buy it. Unfortunately, I think this belief is also permeated in our society regarding a lot of magical foods/sauces that companies have the ability to process but we that can’t possibly make! These are falsehoods that are believed by our modern society. There are many recipes for toothpaste, this is just one of them.

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

Here is a simple, easy to make (literally takes 2 minutes to make) and use toothpaste that will help to clean your teeth/mouth without destroying the natural and needed bacteria in our mouths.

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate soda
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Just mix them together and keep in a small pot. Done!

 

A breakdown of the ingredients

Coconut oil – this oil has been attributed many positives. In this use, it can naturally prevent candida in the mouth as well as helping to boost the natural microbiome(the microorganisms in a particular environment, including the body or a part of the body) in the gut (remember there is a connection from mouth to anus, shocking I know!).

Bicarbonate of soda – has a natural, gentle abrasive action that will help whiten your teeth. More importantly, are its alkaline properties. Many of the foods we eat are acidic, attacking our teeth and mouth bacteria. We can neutralise this acidity by increasing certain foods in our diets, e.g. vegetables and also by using bicarbonate of soda, which will help to encourage the right bacteria and protect our teeth enamel from decay.

Turmeric – a little controversial I know, seeing as everything turmeric touches seems to turn orange – my juicer is evidence to this. However, turmeric is an age-old teeth whitener that is widely used in India and other parts of the world. Curcumin, a component in Turmeric has received a lot of focus recently regarding its many beneficial effects on our health. It has natural antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and therefore could be beneficial for suffers of gingivitis, other gum infections or teeth sensitivity. I am always trying to get more Turmeric in me and by putting it in my toothpaste I am achieving that goal. Also, if you have been reading the research on Turmeric, you will know that it needs to be taken in the presence of black pepper or coconut oil to make it effective. Boom! Probably, most importantly for many, it doesn’t make your teeth yellow/orange.

Pro’s and Con’s

Teeth feel really clean. Yes, okay it’s a little weird at first that you don’t have that mint taste that you are probably used to but seriously, you get over it really fast(well I did because my teeth feel so clean!).

It is good for your mouth/gut health.

It’s much cheaper to make your own and so simple.

I would suggest you don’t brush your teeth in your favourite white linen shirt, just in case.

You need to wash the bathroom sink a little more often due to the coconut oil.

 

I hope you give this a go as it really is so simple to make, use, good for your health and it’s cheap!

Written by Anne French

 

 

There are usually lots of street paybyphone and meter parking spots at our location in Langfords Hotel on Third Avenue, which is unusual for Brighton and Hove.

It is a good idea to download the app before you visit us, as you will need it if you plan on parking in Brighton and Hove. I know it may seem like an insurmountable task to paybyphone if you haven’t used it already but once you use it, you will see how easy it is to use. Here is the website link if you need it. From there you will be able to either register on-line or download an app for your phone whether is be android, apple or blackberry device.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/paybyphone-parking

There is also a paybyphone link on our website under the Contact us page.

So, we’ll see you soon.

Hi Folks

I have put together this short video for new patients and those of you that have not yet visited us at our new location in the Langfords Hotel, 8-16 Third Avenue in Hove (just a few blocks from our old location on Church Road). It shows you how to find us in the Hotel. You could also ask the Hotel Reception staff – they are very friendly and will point you in the right direction.

See you soon.

Hi Folks

Have you heard the rumour? We’re moving…

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Not sure if you’ve heard it through the grapevine but Coast is moving location on March 27th 2017 – don’t panic it’s only a few blocks up the road to Third Avenue.

The lease on the location that Coast is presently occupying expires in April ’17 and after 12 years of running a demanding clinic I have decided to simplify my life and so Coast is down sizing to just me!

Do not worry about losing contact with any of your trusted practitioners, we will not let that happen. Just ask them where they will be practicing from on your next appointment. Even once we have closed the doors on Church Road, you will be able to obtain your practitioners contact details, via a link page on Coast website.

You will also continue seeing our excellent Reception Staff as they are all following to our new location(YIPPEE).

Coast has attracted a plethora of good people that have walked through the clinic door looking for help with varied physical complaints; mainly local to Brighton and Hove but also from many parts of Britain and other countries. You are a generous bunch, sharing your knowledge and life experiences which I never cease to learn from. Thank you. You are the reason I love my job.

It has also been my pleasure and privilege to work with some amazing practitioners and staff at Coast (past and present) and together we have pulled together to aid our patients/clients in the way that would serve them best. Whether that was bio-mechanical techniques, exercise, suggested lifestyle changes to diet, postural habits, relaxation advice, or listen to something they needed to voice to get greater clarity in their lives. I look forward to continuing and further improving that service in our new location.

Our last day of practice on Church Road will be Saturday, March 25th 2017. My first day of practice in our new location will be Tuesday, March 28th 2017.

The new Coast location is in a suite in a hotel. Different, I know, but is is going to work really well for you (and me). It’s a great location with plenty of street parking as it is on Third Avenue which is one of those beautiful roads leading down to the seafront from Hove Town Hall, with 4 lanes of meter parking available.

Please take note of our new address: COAST CHIROPRACTIC  Regent Suit 3, Langford Hotel, Third Avenue, Hove, BN3 2PX

I would like to thank all of the staff for being so understanding and supportive and I look forward to working with you all, in one form or another in the future.

So, if I don’t see you before March 28th, then I will see you in Coasts new set-up. EXCITING!

Warmest regards, Anne French

In a recent research paper I came across, I found an alarming statistic: women are exposed to an average of 168 chemicals every day through the application of many personal care products including shampoos, creams, cosmetics and also everyday household cleaning products.

Over the last 70 years, more than 80,000 man-made chemicals have been released into the environment. Increasing scientific evidence shows that some of these chemicals, known as hormone disruptors, are having a profoundly worrying influence on our health.

So, how does a lot of nasty chemicals actually affect the delicate balance of our hormones and negatively impact our health?

Hormones and what they do

Hormones are produced by the endocrine system which includes the ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and pancreas. They are then secreted into the blood where they act as the body’s chemical messengers.

endocrine-system-human-body-diagram

For example, hormones work with the nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys, gut, liver, and fat to help maintain and control:

 

  • Body energy levels
  • Reproduction
  • Growth and development
  • Internal balance of body systems, (also known as ‘homeostasis’)
  • Response to surroundings, stress, and injury.

 

Examples of hormones include adrenalin, oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin and thyroid hormones.

Hormone disruptors and what they do

Hormone disruptors can be classed as synthetic chemicals used in medications, cosmetics, and household products. They’re also present in the environment/atmosphere in the form of pollution and heavy metals (lead and mercury for example).  Some commonly named hormone disruptors you may have heard of include phthalates, plastics such as BPA, dioxins, PCBs, PBBs and cigarette smoke.

endocrine-disruptors

They interfere with the production, transport, release, metabolism, binding, action or elimination of the body’s natural hormones.

 

Usually, our natural hormones bind to hormone receptors in the body like a key fitting into a lock. When the key fits, it unlocks the process of sending messages to regulate functions in the body. Hormone disruptors can tamper with this process and can:

  • Mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like oestrogens (the female sex hormone), androgens (the male sex hormone), and thyroid hormones, potentially overstimulating the production of these hormones. These ‘fake’ hormones are commonly known as xenoestrogens for example.
  • Bind to a receptor within a cell and block the natural hormone from binding. The normal signal then fails to occur and the body fails to respond properly.
  • Interfere or block the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled.

endocrine-disruption-of-hormones

 

Some of the health problems beginning to surface from the few research studies carried out include early onset of puberty, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids, breast cancer, miscarriages and endometriosis. This is not the full list. In men, some of the risks and health implications include birth defects of the penis, undescended testicles, impaired fertility due to reduced sperm quantity and some cancers such as testicular and prostate.

 

So, what can we do to minimise our exposure to this horrible lot of chemicals?

Natural household cleaning products to try
Ditch the harsh chemical cleaning agents in favour of some kinder, gentler, natural products. I’ve recently been experimenting and wanted to share some of my favourite new methods. You will need:

White vinegar

Bicarbonate of soda

Lemons

Salt

Hydrogen peroxide (available from chemists)

Elbow grease!

Grease and grim
To tackle grime, mix bicarbonate of soda with warm water and scrub the stovetop with a cloth. You can also use this trick to brighten dulled stainless steel appliances, pots and pans.

Ovens and surfaces
Spray a small amount of white vinegar in the oven, on the hob, or on surfaces, let it sit for ten minutes and wipe clean with warm water. You can also use this method to remove hard water deposits in the dishwasher. Be warned, it has a strong smell, so you may want to leave the windows open to air your rooms!

The kitchen bin
A basic mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water will revive a dirty bin – not only does it remove grime and dirt, it also prevents odours, so once you’ve cleaned your bin sprinkle some in the bottom.

Taps and metal finishings
Remove hard water build-up with cotton wool balls soaked in some hydrogen peroxide or use  a mixture of salt/warm water and an old lemon wedge to buff up over the salt water mixture – works wonders!

Mirrors and windows
Apply a diluted mixture of white vinegar and water  with a cloth and buff up with newspaper for a streak-free finish.

Baths and showers
Remove any dirt/grime with bicarbonate of soda and a cloth.

Plants!
As usual, nature provides for us – did you know that plants such as ferns and peace lilies can remove harmful compounds from the air around us and provide us with more oxygen? Plants act as natural purifiers.

Natural /organic cosmetics to try
Natural and organic beauty products are more expensive – there’s no way around that it seems. Some of the best include Neals Yard, Dr Hauschka, Korres (a Greek brand which is fantastic and more reasonably priced), Green People, Burts Bees, Jason products, Pai, Weleda products (their Wild Rose deodorant is good) and I also like the Dr Organic range at Holland & Barrett. For those who like to paint their nails, the brands Zoya and Butter London provide a range of lovely colours, free from harmful chemicals and toxins.

I’ve found a lot of Aussie and New Zealand companies producing really nice, natural, organic and kind products for our face and bodies. Look out for brands such as Antipodes, Trilogy (the organic rosehip oil is just lovely and lasts well), Aesop, and By Nature.

You could also attempt to make your own face creams and cleansers from natural products such as aloe vera, honey and coconut oil!

I hope this has inspired you to seek out some kinder alternatives to try out!

Written by Daniela Barbaglia, Nutritionist

Further reading/recommended books:
Green Cleaning: Natural hints and tips – Margaret Briggs
Household cleaning – Rachelle Strauss
The Organically Clean Home – Becky Rapinchuk
Look Great Naturally – Janey Lee Grace
Natural Beauty – Karen Gilbert

References

  1. Endocrinology. 2006. 147(6):S11-S17.
    2. Developmental Biology. 2001. 238:224-238.
    3. National Toxicology Program’s Report of the Endocrine Disruptors Low-Dose Peer Review. 2001.
    4. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1995. 103:83-87
    5. Endocrine Disruptors: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/
    6. World Health Organization : Effects of human exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals examined in landmark UN report http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/hormone_disrupting_20130219/en/

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ (sac), located on the right side of the body, directly under the liver. It acts as a storage facility for the pint or so of bile the liver produces every day.

gallbladder

Bile is a green-ish, yellowy substance containing bile acids that are essential for digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins, as well as aiding the digestion of proteins and starches.

Bile actually encourages this peristaltic action that eventually leads to a bowel movement and can therefore help to prevent constipation by supporting the natural elimination of toxins. Some research suggests bile also possesses antimicrobial benefits too.

The gallbladder stores the bile until food arrives in the stomach. The cells of the intestinal walls secrete a hormone called cholecystokinin which causes the gallbladder to contract and release bile into the stomach where it gets to work, digesting fats and aiding digestion.

However, if the liver is over-loaded, toxins can get dumped into the gall bladder which can lead to gall-bladder issues. A sluggish gallbladder that doesn’t release its bile can form a sort of grainy/gritty ‘sludge’, contributing to further problems like inflammation and gallstones.

Gallstones form when there is an abnormal concentration of bile acids, cholesterol and fats in the bile. Poor diet is a main contributor to gallstones as well as genetics, including inherited narrow bile ducts. In addition, research suggests that food sensitivities, including both gluten and cow’s milk proteins, can cause damage in the intestinal tract that can lead to gallbladder problems.

Gallstones can range from the size of grains of sand to pea-sized masses. They can be extremely painful and lead to inflammation of the gallbladder. This can cause severe pain in the upper right abdomen and/or across the chest and can be accompanied by nausea, a fever, chills, jaundice and vomiting. Urine may be tea or coffee-coloured. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your GP.

How nutrition can help
Eating the right foods with good nutrition support can help to keep the liver and the gallbladder healthy to minimise the chances of gallstones forming in the first place. A diet high in fibre (beans, pulses, fruit and vegetables) can help keep the gallbladder and the rest of your digestive system functioning properly.

Foods to avoid
Foods to avoid include coffee, saturated fats (found mainly in meat), fried foods, fizzy drinks, milk, chocolate, meats, dairy products, especially cream, and anything that is in high in sugar.

 

Helpful herbs

Chicory root
The ancient Romans used this herb to help cleanse the blood. Similarly, ancient Egyptians were known to consume chicory root in large amounts to aid in purifying the liver and blood. Try roasted chicory root as a natural, caffeine-free alternative to coffee.

Curcumin (extracted from Turmeric)
Curcumin has been shown to stimulate bile formation and gallbladder emptying. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that helps to support the liver in doing its job, filtering blood and toxins to keep your body healthy.

Milk Thistle
Studies suggest milk thistle (Silybum marianum) supports optimal liver function, enhancing bile production, flow and activity. You can use a tincture daily.  Vogel do a really good one that also includes artichoke.

Ginger root, parsley, fennel and dandelion
These herbs also contain beneficial properties to aid health liver and gallbladder function.

Broccoli sprouts
Eating 1/4 cup per day can decrease bilirubin deposits in the gallbladder thus reducing the likelihood of gallstone formation. You can buy sprouting broccoli from most health food shops now. They taste great in a salad.

Pear, beetroot and apple juice
Beetroot in particular is a fantastic vegetable that is particularly great for the liver. It contains compounds that helps the liver to detoxify and protect and improve liver function.
(See recipe below for my liver-loving juice).

Bitter Foods
Adding bitter foods into your diet helps to stimulate better digestion as well as supporting your liver and gallbladder. Bitter foods stimulate the digestive juices and cleanse the liver. Lemon juice in water, for example, helps stimulate the production of bile, which acts like a natural laxative, and increases stomach acid, helping you break down food more effectively.

Bitter foods to include into your daily diet include limes, grapefruit, artichokes, dandelion, celery and celeriac, bitter greens such as spinach, rocket, spinach and watercress, swiss chard, kale and chicory.

Essential fatty acids
Use unfiltered extra virgin olive oil, walnut and avocado oils for salad dressings. These oils are rich in essential fats which the body cannot make so we need adequate daily supplies through foods.

Lecithin
Adding lecithin granules to your morning porridge/muesli improves the way your body breaks down fat and can help people with poor tolerance to fat, for example, anyone who has had their gallbladder removed. Sprinkle 1 x tablespoon into yoghurts or juices.

Vitamin C
A deficiency of Vitamin C can lead to the formation of gallstones. Aim for 3,000mg daily. Oranges, tomatoes, kiwi fruits, berries and dark green leafy vegetables are all great sources of Vitamin C.

Water
Water is essential in bile synthesis, as a good deal is used to produce bile from the conversion of cholesterol happening in the liver.

 

Other things to consider

  • Physical exercise can reduce the risk of gallstones by 20 to 40%.
  • Women are twice more likely to form gallstones than men. Females aged 40 or over who are overweight and have had children are more likely than most to suffer from gallbladder problems.
  • Obesity and gallbladder disease are related.
  • Rapid weight-gain (and loss) through extreme dieting can contribute to gallbladder problems.
  • If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, you may experience digestive or absorption issues and find it difficult to absorb and utilise essential fatty acids, vital for general health. In addition, you may have decreased absorption of fat soluble vitamins. These nutrients are essential for optimal health and disease prevention so taking steps to enhance fat digestion and bile support is crucial.

 

Try this lovely juice – your liver will love you for it!

Liver-loving Juice

1 x organic carrot (chopped)

2 x bulbs of fresh raw beetroot (the skin peeled/removed) sliced

1 x Red apple chopped with core removed OR a handful of fresh pineapple, chopped

1 x small Pear chopped and core removed

½ inch of fresh ginger

½ freshly squeezed lemon

Handful of dark green leafy vegetables (watercress/spinach/rocket)

 

Whizz everything into a juicer or blender. Add water to ensure you get the consistency you like. Drink slowly and enjoy!

 

A note of caution
Beetroot juice is high in a substance called oxalic acid, and people with kidney stones or a history of kidney stones should either avoid beetroot juice entirely or use it very sparingly.

Written by Daniela Barbaglia

With the cold weather starting to creep in it’s no surprise that many of us will suffer with colds and sinus problems that can lead to headaches and a general feeling of stuffiness. Here are some facts behind the reason why some of these problems may occur and an outlook as to how osteopathic treatment can help to manage them.

sinuses

As you may already know, there are four air-filled chambers within the facial bones of the human skull which are called sinuses. These are found in the frontal bones above your eyes, behind the upper nose, in the sphenoid bones behind your eyes and in your cheekbones. Their function is to humidify the air as it journeys to the lungs and trap bacteria in the mucus produced by the lymphatic membranes which helps to detoxify the human body. These bacteria can then be removed from the sinuses by swallowing the mucus or pushing it out of the naval cavity when blowing your nose.

 

Sinusitis and blockages occur when the membranes lining the sinuses become inflamed or when the passages allowing the drainage of the mucus become restricted. This can lead to infection and often a headache which may present in your forehead, eyes, cheeks and temples. Temporary relief can be found by taking medication to reduce the inflammation or dry up the sinuses but this does not deal with the root cause of the underlying problem.

sinus-osteo

Osteopathic treatment of sinusitis involves taking a more holistic approach. An Osteopaths aim will be to improve the subtle movement of the facial and cranial bones, which make up the walls of the sinuses, using both structural and cranial approaches to osteopathy. This will help to encourage the drainage of the sinuses and prevents the build-up of mucus within those sinuses. This will allow your breathing to become easier thus alleviating other symptoms associated with sinusitis such as headaches, stuffiness and a general feeling of being bunged up. Your neck, shoulders and upper back will also be treated to further encourage drainage and to help reduce the general tension that can exacerbate the sinus problems.

 

So, if the change of weather has gotten you feeling a little stuffy and bunged up, why not give your local osteopath a visit and see if this alternative approach to conventional medicine can give you the much needed relief that you may need this winter!

Written by Wayne Beck, Osteopath

Hip and knee pains can occur due to injury or for any number of reasons and therefore it is important to always visit your practitioner for diagnosis and advice so that you can obtain the correct treatment for your condition.  However, here is a little self help advice that may just help you relieve some tight tissues that can result in hip and knee dysfunction and pain.

This video demonstrates two stretches that are common culprits for these complaints. (It may appear that the video has been cut short and in a way it has. I shortened it as I was speaking too much with information that may have confused you.) The only thing you may like to add to the second stretch, to make it more effective, is to raise the arm on the same side that you have the knee in contact with the floor.

1/ ILIO-PSOAS STRETCH

The ilio-psoas muscles are one of the major postural muscles; it is the main hip flexor whose origin is the anterior (front) surface of the 12th thoracic to the 5th lumbar vertebrae of the spine and attaching to the lesser trochanter of the femur (thigh bone).
Anterior_Hip_Flexes_ilio-psoas-muscles

When these muscles are tight/dysfunctional they prohibit you from taking a full stride, altering the movement of lumbar vertebra, this can lead to lower back pain, increased lumbar lordosis or an antalgic stance as well as possible hip/groin pain or, in guys (obviously), testes pain (read this if this is of interest to you).

2/TENSOR FASCIA LATAE

The tensor fascia latae (TFL) muscle originate from the iliac crest and insert into the iliotibial band (ITB); aiding in hip stabilisation, flexion and abduction. The ITB runs along the lateral or outside aspect of the thigh, to the lateral condyle of the tibia, or bony bit on the outside of the knee; crossing both the hip and knee joints. The TFL is an important stabiliser structure of the lateral part of the knee as the joint flexes and extends and therefore, they can cause a lot of hip and knee problems.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

SELF-TREATMENT 

Soft tissue work – with your prickly ball or jack-knobber or foam roller (READ MORE HERE)- (we carry all of these at the clinic).

Increase flexibility – by doing daily stretches demonstrated in the video at the beginning of this blog.

Strengthening exercises – stretching is not going to do it all. The mentioned muscles may be having to work too hard because they are compensating for other muscles that are not firing properly. A plan of exercises to strengthen these involved muscles is needed. Your practitioner will be able to tell you which muscles are involved. The most commonly involved muscles are weak gluts as well as foot pronation causing incorrect alignment and function. However, please visit your practitioner as she/he will be able to advise you.

Hope you find this helpful.

Written by Anne French, BSc(Hons), MSc Chiropractic, D. C.

 If like me you enjoyed watching the Olympics and marvelled over what the human body is capable of, you’ll be interested to know that the amazing Usain Bolt uses homeopathy for sports injuries. Bolt has used homeopathic remedies since he was 16 years old. When he injured his hamstring in July this year, he withdrew from the Olympic trials. Using homeopathic remedies, Usain was able to heal his hamstring and go on to win numerous Olympic Medals, including his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 metres, just one month after his injury.

Homeopathy re-balances the body so it can repair and heal itself – I love it!

This is an interesting article published in the Daily Mail about a recent homeopathic trial http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4040/Homeopathy-works.html

Sulphur

Along with Calc Carb, (last month’s remedy) and Lycopodium (which we will look at next month) Sulphur is one of the most frequently prescribed remedies in homeopathy.  The scope of this remedy is almost impossible to detail in this one article as it covers so many areas on the mental, emotional and physical levels. It is likely that we will all benefit from a dose of Sulphur at one time or another in our lives.

A brief outline of the main characteristics of this remedy are: Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin diseases, itching skin- scratching pleasurable but results in burning, acne, burning and and itching piles, tendency to sweat easily, body odour, orifices of body red (e.g. lips) burning pains, feet must be placed outside bedclothes to cool, insomnia, tinnitus, mid-morning hunger, large appetite for highly seasoned spicy and fatty foods, liking for sweets, aggravation from milk, diarrhoea – driven from bed in the morning, constipation with large, painful stools, lack of energy (regained quickly at the prospect of pleasurable activity), tendency to become exhausted quickly, tendency to catch cold easily which often goes into the chest.

Sulphur is suited to deep thinking people who can have a nervous yet independent nature. Those around them can see them as lazy or procrastinators, there will be talk ‘about’ doing something, rather than just getting up and doing it.

One of the leading features of someone needing this remedy can be seen in what they wear (or don’t wear!). You know those people who are always warm and will wear shorts and T shirts even in winter while most of us have a million layers on to stay warm! They are likely to be indifferent to their appearance, a button missing or a dinner spill and matching socks is not a priority.

Worse: from cold, from dampness, at the coast, hunger (and have to eat) at 11am.

Better: from warmth, in fresh air.

Written by  Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath

Homeopathy is relatively straightforward to use for everyday ailments and accidents and positive results can be obtained when selecting the correct remedy.

Each month I will be introducing a remedy that is used in Homeopathy for you to become familiar with and this month we are looking at Calcarea Carbonica better known as Calc Carb.

Calc-carb

Calc Carb is one of the polychrest remedies (most commonly prescribed), and ranks with Sulphur and Lycopodium at the head of the antipsorics. These three are in a sense the standards around which the rest are grouped. All three have a very wide range and deep action.

The metallic element calcium is widely found in various compounds in minerals, animals and plants. Calcium salts give us our skeletal framework and the remedy is made from the inner layer of the oyster shell.

Calc Carb can be suited to quiet, shy, sensitive people who are subject to depression;  a feeling of being looked at by everyone and a fear of being laughed at; embarrassment when entering a room full of strangers. The typical Calc Carb patient is responsible and hard-working; they have a strong focus on security and practicalities. In many cases there will be a sense of being overwhelmed by the amount they have to accomplish. This in turn creates anxiety and fear.

Some of the keynote symptoms that may arise when needing a dose of Calc Carb are:

  • excessive appetite
  • overweight
  • disliking milk
  • craving for eggs and sweets
  • may feel generally better when constipated
  • tendency to feel the cold and to catch cold easily
  • cold hands
  • cracked skin in the winter
  • itching skin
  • profuse periods, period pains, premenstrual tension
  • toothache
  • vertigo
  • insomnia with much sweating once asleep

Worse: from cold, in damp weather, at night, from standing
Better: in dry weather, from warmth, while lying on the painful side

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne

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